"Take That, Dr. Beeching!" - a story from Borders Railway

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"Take That, Dr. Beeching!" - a story from Borders Railway

Post by RobbieM » 25 Aug 2015, 12:14

  • The Borders Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank will start running passenger services on Sunday 6th September. This is wonderful news, and if we could write a short story to celebrate the opening, perhaps Guy could forward it to his Rail Forums friends… There are ten stations on the route. Ladies and Gentlemen! You all know what do you… Off we go:
Craig spent a lot of time watching his sister Elsa in swimming GALAS. “HI ELSa”, he said, as she emerged from the changing room. “Well done for winning the 200m breaststroke!”
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Re: A Short Celebratory Opening Story from the Borders Railw

Post by greatkingrat » 25 Aug 2015, 12:20

Elsa had come firST, OWing to her arch-rival being disqualified for a false start.
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Post by RobbieM » 25 Aug 2015, 18:42

They headed out of the Leisure Centre, past the Information dESK. "BANKsy's new 'Dismaland' theme park opened last weekend" said Craig. "Fancy a visit sometime soon?"
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Post by GuyBarry » 25 Aug 2015, 18:52

"I'm afraid I've got to deal with some Japanese knoTWEED. BANKsy will have to wait a little while."
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Post by RobbieM » 25 Aug 2015, 19:02

"Besides which," she continued, "I don't like too much GORE. BRIDGE too far for me, I'm afraid."
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Post by GuyBarry » 25 Aug 2015, 19:28

"OK," said Craig, "as you wiSH. AW, FAIR enough - I never really wanted to go myself."
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Post by RobbieM » 25 Aug 2015, 19:37

"Really?" said Elsa. "But you always like trying things which are NEW, CRAIG. HALLucinating about them, even. You do surprise me!"
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Post by GuyBarry » 25 Aug 2015, 20:05

"Well, I did try out that NEW TONG RANGE from the hardware shop the other day. Hardly very radical, though."
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Post by RobbieM » 25 Aug 2015, 20:37

"Anyway, I'm hungry. Time for some gruB. RUN! STAN Edwards is joining us for lunch, remember. We'll be late if we don't put on some speed."
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Post by GuyBarry » 25 Aug 2015, 20:48

Tsk! Left with the hardest one again...

"Oh look, I've just seen the Duke of EDINBURGH. WAVE!"

R. LEYton, professional Duke of Edinburgh impersonator, waved back as they sped off to lunch...
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Post by RobbieM » 25 Aug 2015, 20:55

(...and they all ate happily ever after!)

Well done everyone... :roll: Do you think Rail Forums UK would enjoy it? :roll:
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Post by GuyBarry » 25 Aug 2015, 21:04

RobbieM wrote:Do you think Rail Forums UK would enjoy it? :roll:
I've really no idea. They take so long to come to a decision about anything...

Tube Challenge Forum approach: Here's a silly game I just thought up. Does anyone want to join in?
Rail UK Forums approach: Here's a silly game I just thought up. Now all I have to do is submit it to the committee of three "quizmasters", hope that one of them reads it, hope that they don't assume that the other quizmasters have already responded, wait for them to confer with each other, wait until one of them gets back to me, hope that the forum's quota of games hasn't been reached yet, then wait a bit longer because it's the holidays and no one's ready to start yet...

Do you realize we wrote almost the whole of "Off the Rails" while I was waiting for a response? (And I am not making that up.) I'm surprised they haven't tried to blame leaves on the line :)
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Post by RobbieM » 25 Aug 2015, 21:42

Anyway, what should we call this mini-tale? As it's the re-opening of a closed line, perhaps we should call it "Take That, Dr. Beeching!"
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Post by GuyBarry » 25 Aug 2015, 22:05

RobbieM wrote:Anyway, what should we call this mini-tale? As it's the re-opening of a closed line, perhaps we should call it "Take That, Dr. Beeching!"
Yes, that sounds all right. Do we have a title for the Island Line story?
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Post by RobbieM » 26 Aug 2015, 17:11

GuyBarry wrote:Do we have a title for the Island Line story?
"It'll be 'All Wight' on the night"?
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